The 2023 Mazda CX-30 is a stylish subcompact crossover SUV that’s an ideal daily driver for the roads and highways of Surrey, Burnaby, Langley, and Richmond. However, with all-wheel drive standard across the range, the CX-30 is also happy to keep going when the pavement runs out, and driving conditions become less than optimum. Despite its position as a subcompact, the CX-30 has plenty of character and up to 1,280 litres of cargo volume when the rear seats are not in use and folded down.
The 2023 Mazda CX-30 is available in four versions, although some might argue there are three trim levels, as the fourth is really an engine upgrade. Either way, the four versions cover a broad spectrum of specifications and appeal to an equally wide range of budgets. The entry-level CX-30 for 2023 is the GX; above that, there are the GS, GT, and range-topping GT Turbo models.
The styling and capability of the Mazda CX-30 at all levels strike an appealing balance between SUV utility and a car-like driving experience. The Mazda is a little lower, sleeker, and led dumpy than many subcompact crossover rivals, which delivers a sportier look that gives you an idea of what to expect when you get behind the wheel.
Few would have criticized Mazda if the CX-30 was only available with one engine across the lineup, but shoppers get spoiled a little here with three excellent choices. The standard engine under the hood of the CX-30 in its entry-level GX grade is a 2.0-litre inline-four that develops a very respectable 155 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque. When you move up to the GS and GT trim levels, the CX-30 gets upgraded to a standard 2.5-litre inline-four, providing the Mazda with 191 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque.
But if you want the most power and performance available for the 2023 Mazda CX-30, that comes by specifying the GT trim level with the optional 2.5-litre turbo-four engine. If you choose to run the GT Turbo on regular 87-octane fuel, the turbo-four develops 227 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. However, pay the extra for premium 93-octane fuel instead, and the engine will then provide the CX-30 with 250 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque. Regardless of trim level or engine, the power gets sent to all four wheels through a standard six-speed automatic transmission.
The standard features and equipment for the entry-level CX-30 GX trim level are awe-inspiring, and many shoppers will be more than happy with what they get for a very reasonable starting MSRP. Standard safety features lead the way and assist the CX-30 in getting top marks for overall safety from the NHTSA and IIHS. Every model gets standard automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and ten airbags. But if safety features are essential to you, go up a level to the GS. That means you get standard Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart Brake Support Front, Pedestrian Detection (forward), Forward Obstruction Warning, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane-keep Assist System, Distance Recognition Support System, and more.
If you’re shopping for an urban-friendly small SUV with sporty styling and driving characteristics to match that can also handle a bit of the rough stuff when the pavement runs out, the 2023 Mazda CX-30 should be at the top of your list. Try the CX-30 out for yourself with a test drive from Freeway Mazda at 15420 104 Ave, Surrey, BC, or call us at (604) 583-7121 for more information, and book an appointment when it’s suitable for you.
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